The Washington Times - December 10, 2007, 03:58PM
Atlanta FalconsMichael Vick SEE RELATED:


\ Vick, wearing a prison jumpsuit after turning himself in last month, told the judge that he had used poor judgment in establishing “Bad Newz Kennels” on property he owns in Virginia.\

\ “I’m willing to deal with the consequences and accept responsibility for my actions,” said the Newport News, Va. native who starred at Virginia Tech before the Falcons took him first in the 2001 NFL draft.\

\ If Vick is a model prisoner, he could be released as soon as August 2009. Vick will still be just 29 then, but he will have missed two complete football seasons and the Falcons won’t likely wait for him to begin their rebuilding project. A contender throughout Vick’s four healthy seasons as a starter, Atlanta was 3-9 this year heading into last night’s game against New Orleans. Some team struggling on the field and the box office figures to give Vick another shot come 2009 or 2010, despite the inevitbale protests from animal rights groups, but it probably won’t be the Falcons, who built their franchise around him.\

\ “This is a difficult day for Michael’s family and for a lot of us, including many of our players and fans who have been emotionally invested in Michael over the years,” said Falcons owner Arthur Blank. “We sincerely hope that Michael will use this time to continue to focus his efforts on making positive changes in his life, and we wish him well in that regard.”